Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM)

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About This Program

Target Population: Middle managers who work in public and tribal child welfare systems and in private agencies under contract with a state or county child welfare agency

Brief Description

The LAMM curriculum, developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), is a training program for middle managers who work in public and tribal child welfare systems and in private agencies under contract with a state or county child welfare agency. This competency-based training curriculum is designed to prepare middle managers for the environment of constant change and equip them with new information, skills, and hands-on opportunities to apply practices and principles based on the NCWWI Leadership Model. Middle managers can have an essential role as leaders in the transformation of child welfare to become more adaptive, flexible, and collaborative by using skills to lead change, along with engage and develop the workforce.

The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare middle managers to lead meaningful change in their agency’s ability to serve vulnerable children, youth, and families.

The LAMM curriculum centers on a model of leadership and accompanying competencies. The online Introductory Module, which participants view prior to coming to the one-week residential program, describes the NCWWI Leadership Model. Trainers also present the Leadership Model during the on-site meeting and at the beginning of each module.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) are:

  • Develop leadership skills for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families through leadership competencies as defined by the NCWWI Leadership Framework
    • Build Collaboratives through Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating
    • Develop the Workforce through Developing Others, Team Building, Cultural Responsiveness, Leveraging Diversity, and Conflict Management
    • Lead Change through Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Strategic Thinking, and Vision
    • Lead for Results through Accountability, Capacity-Building, Service Orientation, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Planning and Organizing, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility
    • Develop fundamental competencies through Continuous Learning, Effective Communication, Initiative, Interpersonal Relations, Integrity, Resilience, Personal Leadership, and Social Responsibility
  • Apply these leadership skills through a personalized professional development plan, an agency change initiative, logic model, and action plan all initiated in LAMM and supported through coaching after training

Contact Information

Deborah M. Reed, M.S.W.
Agency/Affiliation: Portland State University, School of Social Work
Website: ncwwi.org/index.php/teams-services/leadership-academy-for-middle-managers
Phone: (503) 725-8098

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2017